We’ve all had our fair share to say about Mathieu Flamini recently, myself included, and a lot of it hasn’t been positive.

However, many off us are now eating our words after a spectacular performance against Spurs in the Capital One Cup that resulted in us winning 2-1, with both goals coming courtesy of the Frenchman.

Although it wasn’t the best performance from us on the whole, we took our chances and when Spurs got tired, we pounced.

David Ospina – 7

The goalkeeper had a couple of nervy moments (like when he decided to drop the ball towards out goal line in the 72nd minute) but overall he gave an okay performance. The goal came off one of our own players and he did a good job in the 32nd minute of distracting Danny Rose so he shot over the bar.

Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Danny Rose (L) vies with Arsenal's Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina
Tottenham Hotspur’s English defender Danny Rose (L) vies with Arsenal’s Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina during the English League Cup third round football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane in north London on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Kieran Gibbs – 7

Although he wasn’t the strongest player on the pitch, he made a superb goal line clearance in the 66th minute to deny Harry Kane (mwuahaha).

Calum Chambers – 6.5

Although he didn’t get off the the best of starts after losing sight of Per a couple of times, his positioning improved as the game went on and the only reason I’m giving him 6.5 instead of 7.5 is because of the own goal.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur takes on Calum Chambers of Arsenal
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur takes on Calum Chambers of Arsenal during the Capital One Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on September 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Per Mertesacker – 7

The BFG actually worked well with Chambers and although he’s still not back to his best after a chest infection and almost had a bit of a mix up with Ospina in the 75th minute, he wasn’t bad.

Mathieu Debuchy – 5.5

Debuchy was once against on a mad one and nowhere to be found for the majority of their attacks. Danny Rose could have driven a car down that flank. Hopefully he sorts his positioning out soon.

Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur is tackled by Mathieu Debuchy of Arsenal
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur is tackled by Mathieu Debuchy of Arsenal during the Capital One Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on September 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Mathieu Flamini – 10

Where do I begin? Here Flamini, take all the 10/10s.

Arsenal's French midfielder Mathieu Flamini celebrates after scoring their seond goal during the English League Cup
Arsenal’s French midfielder Mathieu Flamini celebrates after scoring their seond goal during the English League Cup third round football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane in north London on September 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta – 7

The midfielder was slated a lot for his pace but that’s why Flamini was played. In my opinion, he had a solid game.

Aaron Ramsey – 7.5

The Welshman got to play in a more central role – his favourite – and was instrumental in our attack.

Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal is chased by Tommy Carroll of Tottenham Hotspur
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal is chased by Tommy Carroll of Tottenham Hotspur during the Capital One Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on September 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

As ever, he had a great time running at defenders but not doing a huge amount in the final third. However, his shot did lead to the first goal.

Joel Campbell – 6

The lad looked lively and up for a challenge; during the first half he was running around trying to get stuck into everything. I’m sure with more playing time and experience, he’ll be useful.

Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur and Joel Campbell
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur and Joel Campbell of Arsenal battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on September 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Olivier Giroud – 6

The poor bloke was pretty much anonymous again and is now missing goals he would have put straight in the back of the net last season. His confidence is shot.

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Alexis Sanchez – 5

Gradually regaining fitness and had a great time running into the spaces Spurs left after the 70th minute but still nowhere near his best.

Theo Walcott – 5.5

Although he didn’t really have enough time to make an impact on the game, he still looked promising on the wing. Yes, the wing, Theo.

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